LGL214 - Computer Applications

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Subject Title
Computer Applications

Subject Description
Through the preparation, management, and formatting of business and legal correspondence and other documents, LGL214 focuses on mastering intermediate and selected advanced skills in the use of Microsoft Word.  This subject is designed to further develop students' knowledge of word processing and legal software by means of assigned exercises, gaining insight into the duties and responsibilities required in the modern legal office environment.

Credit Status
This is a credit course applicable to the Paralegal Certificate Program offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Edit and format word documents;

2. Format characters and use help;

3. Format paragraphs;

4. Format documents;

5. Enhance and customize documents;

6. Create and format tables;

7. Enhance documents with special features;

8. Format using special features;

9.Demonstrate an attitude of professionalism, as evidenced by an ability to meet deadlines, complete assignments and perform tests and in-class assignments as scheduled;

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Course content and your instructor's teaching assumes that students are academically prepared and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or advanced standing for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.

Topic Outline
1.  Review of Basic Word Documents

  • Edit and Format Word Documents
  • Format Characters
  • Format Paragraphs
  • Draft Legal Letters

2. Format Documents and Sections
  • Prepare Multiple Paged Documents
  • Preview a Document
  • Vertically Align Text
  • Use Click and Type Feature
  • Create Newspaper Columns
  • Check Spelling and Grammar
  • Customize AutoCorrect
  • Use the Thesaurus
  • Section Breaks

3. Enhance and Customize Documents
  • Maintain Documents (Organize Files and Folders)
  • Save a Document in Different Format
  • Work with Blocks of Text
  • Paste Text and Insert Files
  • Print Documents, Envelopes and Labels

4. Customize Documents
  • Work with Headers and Footers
  • Insert Page Numbering
  • Find and Replace Text
  • Use Templates (Wizards)
  • Insert Comments

5. Create Legal Tables
  • Proper Use of Citations and Statutes in Legal Documentation
  • Create Table of Contents and Table of Authorities

6. Create and Format Tables
  • Create a Table
  • Enter Text in Cells
  • Select Cells
  • Delete a Table
  • Format a Table (Borders, Shading, Column Widths, Row Heights, etc.)
  • Use Table and Borders Toolbar
  • Move a Table
  • Table Calculations

7. Enhance Documents with Special Features
  • Create a Chart
  • Create a Diagram and Organizational Chart
  • Insert Images in a Document
  • Apply Styles
  • Create an Outline

8. Format Documents with Special Features
  • Use Auto Text
  • Insert Non-Breaking Space
  • Insert Manual Line Break
  • Text Flow
  • Reveal Formatting
  • Add Borders and Shading
  • Characters
  • Create Footnotes and Endnotes
  • Format Pages in a Document
  • Create and Balance Columns
  • Automatically Summarize a Document

9. Tracking Changes


Mode of Instruction
Students learn through classroom lectures, discussion and group problem solving. Any matters covered in class and/or in the assigned readings will constitute part of the course content and be eligible for inclusion on all assessments. It is ESSENTIAL that students read assigned material before class and make careful notes on the reading material as well as in-class lectures and discussion. It is extremely important for students to be prepared for class and to be actively involved in discussions as this greatly aids the learning process. 

It is your responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on Blackboard or in class. Students will not be able to access Blackboard as of the last day of the student's class.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies

  • Three USBs (Exercises, Assignments, Tests)
  • Stapler 

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

3 Tests (1@20%, 2@40%) Total 100%

Some aids may be allowed during testing and will be identified by the instructor.

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course.

Evaluation of Work

Evaluation is based on correct language usage, organization and mastery of the course at a post-secondary level. Students are expected to learn professional standards of performance in the subject areas, and tests will be graded on that basis. In recognition of the significance of proper language skills in the work of a paralegal, marks are deducted for language errors on all tests and exams.

The following deduction scheme will be used:

Error Penalty
Ommission of a line, paragraph, word or words -2
Not following instructions whether verbal, text, or written -2
Obvious misapplication of procedural theory; major format error -2
Inappropriate or omitted software functions -2
Grammar, spelling and proofreading errors -2
Punctuation -1
Minor format and all other errors -1

Please Note
  • Tests are evaluated on subject knowledge as well as correct language usage, organization, and mastery of the subject. 
  • In recognition of the significance of proper language skills in the work of a Paralegal, marks are deducted, in accordance with departmental policy, for language errors on all tests. (i.e. spelling, grammar, word usage, sentence, and paragraph structure, etc.) 

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.

Field Placement Requirements

Students who do not successfully complete all professional courses may not be eligible for placement. 

Academic Honesty

Students at Seneca College are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavours. When students cheat on an examination, steal the words or ideas of another, or falsify their research results, it corrupts the learning process. A Seneca College degree, diploma or certificate signifies to society mastery of a set of defined learning outcomes in a designated field of study. If academic credit is obtained dishonestly, the value of every graduate's diploma in the field of study is diminished, as is the reputation of the college as a whole.

Penalties for Academic Dishonesty

The penalty for a first offence is a grade of '0' on the assignment or examination. The penalty for the second offence is expulsion for a time period determined by the Academic Honesty Committee, normally for a minimum of three terms.
For further information refer to the policies section of the Seneca College student handbook, or to the following website: http://library.senecacollege.ca/Academic_Honesty/

Please Note: In the Paralegal Diploma Program, in accordance with graduation requirements, students are required to complete Twenty (20) days of field placement. 

Prior Learning Assessment
Please be advised that, in accordance with current Law Society of Ontario Paralegal Education Program Accreditation Policy guidelines (September, 2017, ss. 2.15 and 3.8), PLA for prior work experience is no longer permitted in any of the compulsory legal courses in the certificate program, including the field placement. All students, regardless of prior work-related training must fulfil the requirements of all components of the Paralegal Program.

Approved by: Sandra Noble